In a move likely to benefit owners of over a lakh unauthorised residential and commercial properties in the Capital, the Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to halt their sealing and demolition for the next three years.
The move comes just four months ahead of the Capital’s municipal polls. The Urban Development (UD) ministry will now bring National Capital Territory of Delhi (Special Provisions) Bill to ban sealing and demolition of such structures up to December 2014 in the winter session of the Parliament. This will give immunity to all such unauthorised properties that have come up before 2006.
The bill will provide immunity to all such properties which have additional unauthorised constructions, shops or commercial establishments running from residential areas, high end designer boutiques and furniture showrooms in Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Shah Pur Jat, Hauz Khas Village and other rural and urbanised villages.
Besides these slums, hospitals, schools and religious institutions that have encroached on public land will also be spared the risk of demolition.
Sources said that the ministry is also exploring the possibility of bringing in a new policy to regularise all such residential and commercial structures that have come up unauthorisedly before February 2006. Unauthorised structures that have come up post 2006 do not have any immunity from sealing or demolition.
The sealing and demolition drive was started by the civic agencies — MCD and the NDMC — in 2006, following the order of the apex court.
It had created a huge controversy, forcing the Centre to bring a moratorium to put a temporary stop to it. With the ministry failing to bring in a policy to address the issue, the moratorium was being extended every year.